Radio Frequency (RF) Fundamentals (TR-RFF)

Course Information

The Fiber School’s Radio Frequency Fundamentals training course is designed for people who work in the field of radio frequency communications as well as those who require a basic understanding of RF fundamentals. The Fiber School provides high-quality radio frequency training programs for government agencies, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies. Our RF courses are specifically designed by experts in the field, and the course materials are continuously updated with the latest techniques and industry best practices.

The RF Training Fundamentals course covers the basics of RF theory such as propagation modeling, link budget, modulation, channel coding, antennas, capacity planning, propagation, frequency planning and optimization.

Course Synopsis
Target Audience


This course covers:

  • RF Overview
  • RF Technologies and Deployment
  • Types of RF Propagation Models and Their Uses
  • Link Budget Calculations
  • Antenna Theory
  • Basic Principles of Traffic Engineering and Optimization
  • RF System Design Considerations
  • RF Regulatory Considerations

Course Synopsis

RF Overview
• History of RF
• Characteristics of a Radio Signal
• Basic Problems of Radio
• Basic Building Blocks in Radio Design
• Mixers, Amplifiers, Filters and Antennas
• Eb/No vs. SNR, BER vs. noise, Bandwidth Limitations
• Modulation Schemes and Bandwidth
• Technology Fundamentals
• Types of Modulation: AM, FM, FSK, QAM, PSK & QPSK
• RF Engineering Principals applied
• Cellular and Mobile RF (GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS/W-CDMA , HSPA, HSPA+, LTE and WiMAX)
• Cellular and Mobile RF (CDMA and CDMA2000)
• Fixed Wireless RF (802.11, 802.16, HF, UHF, Microwave, Satellite)

RF Technologies and Deployment
• Radio Propagation
• Introduction to Microwaves
• Definition of RF/microwave
• Frequency Bands Signal Principles
• Modulation, Bandwidth, Interference, Performance
• Fundamentals of Digital RF Communication
• Multiple Access Methods and Comparative Capacities
• Link Structure
• Call Processing
• Design Engineering
• Performance Engineering
• Traffic Engineering
• System Noise Management
• Propagation modes
• Transmission line aspects
• Smith Chart
• Scattering parameter analysis
• Microwave filters
• Matching networks
• Power flow relations
• Unilateral and bilateral amplifier designs
• Stability analysis
• Oscillators circuits
• Mixers
• Antennas
• RF Regulatory Considerations

RF Propagation Principles

• Physics and Propagation Mechanisms
• Propagation Models and Link Budgets
• Practical System Design Considerations
• Frequency and Wavelength
• The Physics of Propagation: Free Space, Reflection, Diffraction
• Local Variability: Rayleigh fading and multipath cancellation
• Area Propagation Models: Okumura, HATA, Cost 231
• Point-to-Point Models: techniques and commercial software
• Analyzing measured data to produce models
• Reliability of Service: using statistics to design for reliability
• Macro-cell Indoor Penetration Considerations and reliability
• Micro-cellular systems and techniques
• Propagation Prediction Tools and Measurement Tools
• Propagation Losses
• Free space path loss
• Reflection and scattering loss
• Multipath
• Rayleigh fading models
• Link Budgets and High-Level System Design
• Link Budget basics and application principles
• Traffic Considerations

Types Of Propagation Models And Their Uses
• Simple Analytical models
• General Area models
• Point-to-Point models
• Local Variability models
• The Okumura Model
• The Hata Model
• The EURO COST-231 Model
• Morphological Zones
• Walfisch-Betroni/Walfisch-Ikegami Models
• Commercial Propagation Prediction Software

Antenna Theory
• Antenna Basics
• Basic Antennas: Isotropic and Dipole radiators
• Concept of Antenna Gain and gain references
• Effective Radiated Power
• Antenna Patterns and Pattern Features
• How Antennas achieve Gain
• Reflector techniques, array techniques
• Families of Antennas used in Wireless: architecture, characteristics
• Collinear vertical antennas
• Horizontal arrays: yagis, log-periodics, etc.
• Implications of propagation driving antenna selection
• Multipath scattering in mobile clutter environment
• Beamwidth and tilt considerations for base station antennas
• Radiation Pattern
• Gain Antenna types, composition and operational principles
• Antenna gains, patterns, and selection principles
• Antenna system testing

Basic Principles of Traffic Engineering and Optimization
• Trunks, Circuits, Voice Paths
• Offered Traffic vs. Carried Traffic
• Blocking Probability, Grade of Service
• Basic Operational Concepts
• Using Traffic Calculators (Voice, Data, and Video )

RF System Design Considerations
• Eb/No vs. SNR
• BER vs. Noise
• Bandwidth Limitations
• RF System Design
• Noise Figure
• Receiver Sensitivity
• Desensitization and Blocking
• Dynamic Range
• Intermodulation Distortion
• Power Output
• Spectral Efficiency and System Limitations
• Sample Link Budget Calculations

Target Audience

The Fiber School Radio Frequency Training course is designed for anyone needing a solid foundation for understanding the principles of RF Engineering. Engineers, technicians and managers who are new to RF and require applicable skills in RF design, planning and engineering.

Anyone working within the field of general RF systems, wireless, cellular and microwave systems will benefit from this comprehensive coverage of RF fundamentals. Basic mathematical and computing skills are recommended for this course.

An electrical engineering background or equivalent practical experience is desired, but not required.

Hands-On Labs

RF Labs and Hands-on Exercises


Certificate: Radio Frequency Fundamentals – TFS – (TC-RFF)

Identifies you as a technician, engineer or other professional who understands the basics of Media Access Control Parameters, Physical Layers and Management Parameters for 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s operation.


Note: Additional fees may apply. The available locations for this course are visible in the Schedule section.

Description Item Code Price
Advanced RF Training – The Radio Frequency Fundamentals training course is designed for people who work in the field of radio frequency communications as well as those who require a basic understanding of RF fundamentals. TR-RFF $1,495.00
Exam: RFF – 50 Question Multiple Choice – This exam must be passed in order to be certified in Radio Frequency Fundamentals. TE-RFF Included
Certificate: RF Fundamentals – Awarded to students who pass the exam and demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of Radio Frequency. TC-RFF $150

Schedule & Registration

Jan 7 – Jan 8, 2020 Quakertown, PA $1,645.00
Apr 16 – Apr 17, 2020 Quakertown, PA $1,645.00
Jun 3 – Jun 4, 2020 Quakertown, PA $1,645.00
Oct 1 – Oct 2, 2020 Quakertown, PA $1,645.00

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Planning & Reservations

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Cancellation Policy: may cancel a course that lacks sufficient enrollment a week before it is scheduled to begin. When a course is canceled, we make every effort to notify all registered students promptly. A full refund is processed unless the student elects to transfer to another course or time. You can help avoid cancellation by registering early.

Student Cancellation: No refunds are permitted for student cancellation. Substitutions are permitted.

On-Site Training

With just 5 or more students The Fiber School can send the classroom to you! We offer custom, on-site training for any of our courses. Just give us a call at 877.529.9114 or email us at and let us schedule an on-site course that perfectly suits your needs.